By Annie Kearns
Your home is a wonderfully comfortable and safe place. You made sure of it when you transformed the house into a place fit for a family. The idea that it’s a threat to your home is absurd. There is nothing in the entire property which is a risk, not least anything which goes under the radar. What a load of nonsense.
That’s how most people feel until they think about some of the dangers. Then, they start to think twice because there is a chance they are vulnerable. The only way to find out is to figure out, and you can do that by reading on.
Harmful Household Threats
Which of these did you already know to watch out for? Read on and see if your house is in danger.
Okay, you know what mold is and spot it from a mile away. In fact, you’re hypersensitive to it because the thought of finding it growing on the walls is disgusting. Plus, you don’t want to lose any of your best shoes to the stuff! The problem is the bacteria exist without showing any signs of greening. So, the only way to know for sure is to schedule a mold inspection and analyze the results. If there are germs in the air, they will impact your health as they get into the lungs. As a rule, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Carbon Monoxide (CO)
CO is the chemical formula for carbon monoxide, the lesser known, more dangerous cousin of CO2 yet. For humans, it’s fatal in amounts above 35 ppm as the toxins begin to shut down the body’s vital systems. If it sounds as if this is chemical you’d find in a lab, you’d be wrong because lots of homes produce CO too. Industrial items such as boilers, furnaces and gas fires give it off if they aren’t fitted properly or are broken. To avoid getting poisoned, it’s wise to install a carbon monoxide device to alert you if the levels get too high.
The dog is scratching away but you’re not bothered. Pooches do it all the time; it’s no big deal. But, it is because they might carry fleas and those insects can transfer to humans. Regular fleas will only inflame the skin and make it itchy, but there are others things to worry about, one of them being ticks. If they leave the pet and bury into your skin, they can cause the onset of Lyme disease or Rocky Mountain fever. Both are nasty, but the former doesn’t have a vaccine yet so will stay with you forever if untreated early with antibiotics.
Until you spot one, you don’t notice them scurrying around because they are small. Although they are furry and cute, they carry diseases and can spread them. Rats were the cause of the Bubonic plague in England centuries ago. Their lack of hygiene in general is a health hazard as they leave droppings. Signs include smells in the walls, scratching noises, and chewed wiring and clothes. If you spot any of the above, call an exterminator right away.
You might know about them, but do you know they’re taking place at your house?